Archive - September 2021

Panasonic’s new 3-in-1 Convection Microwave Oven provides versatile cooking convenience

One appliance to Bake, Grill or Microwave family dishes with reduced cooking time

Panasonic has launched its latest convection microwave oven that unlocks a world of versatility in the kitchen with three cooking functions – Bake, Grill and Microwave – in one appliance, and a host of efficient cooking modes. Save time and whip up tasty meals with Combination cooking, 29 Auto Menu programs, and Turbo Defrost. Cooking for the whole family has never been easier, with Junior Auto Cook Programs ensuring that even the fussiest of eaters can find a meal they enjoy.

The 27L Convection Microwave Oven (NN-CT56M) is a valuable addition to any modern kitchen with a generous capacity, space-saving design and sophisticated black finish.

Chasnyn Ousmand, Product Marketing Manager, Microwave Ovens, Panasonic Australia, said: “Convection Microwave Ovens are paving the way for the future of cooking, with energy efficiency, foolproof multifunction cooking and space saving benefits. A recent Australian survey we undertook saw 57 per cent of users say that their Convection Microwave has changed the way they cook, while 48 per cent hardly use their traditional oven after purchasing a Convection Microwave[1].”

“Our longstanding history of top performing microwaves is a result of rigorous research to understand the needs of our consumers. The NN-CT56M Convection Microwave Oven delivers on this, with impressive cooking convenience in a compact design we know users will love.”

Panasonic is renowned for its Microwave range, with a history of more than 50 years’ innovation, and is recognized as Australia’s No.1 brand. Furthermore, for the second year running, Panasonic Microwaves have received the Award for Most Satisfied Customers[2] in Canstar Blue’s survey.


A variety of efficient cooking modes

Three cooking functions in one appliance provide the capability to Bake, Grill and Microwave. With 1000W of Microwave Inverter power, a 1300W Quartz grill and a built-in 100-220°C convection range, the NN-CT56M can cook a wide variety of delicious meals. The Convection Oven Mode delivers true oven cooking to bake and roast with ease and peace of mind. Combination Cooking leverages the efficiency of Inverter Microwave power with roasting/grilling from the Convection Oven Mode, allowing home cooks to save time without sacrificing meal taste, texture or appearance.

29 Auto Menu programs for time-saving convenience

The time-challenged have a series of preprogrammed menus at their fingertips, with 29 Auto Menu programs making meal preparation easy – with even a “Quick 30” option for those that are limited on time. Ten menus use a combination of Microwave and Grill/Convection cooking to create mouth-watering dishes, including an Auto Roast option. Another eight options are available for cooking or reheating family favourite meals with choices including roast chicken, casserole or fish and chips. Families can breathe easy with the Junior Auto Cook Programs, which offer eight recipes that every child will enjoy including puréed fruits and vegetables, pasta bake, vegetable fries and more.

Inverter Technology and Turbo Defrost delivering fresh food every time

Featuring Panasonic’s Inverter technology, the NN-CT56M cooks food evenly by distributing microwave energy gently throughout the oven cavity, resulting in perfectly cooked and nutrient-filled foods. Last minute meals are now nothing to fear, with the Panasonic Inverter Turbo Defrost technology helping defrost food more evenly while also saving valuable time.

The NN-CT56M is available now from leading consumer electronics retailers, priced at $529 RRP

[1] Source: Panasonic Blog – What do Aussies think about their Microwave?
[2] Source: Canstar Blue – Microwave Oven Reviews

New F1.8 Wide-Angle Fixed Focal Length Lens for the LUMIX S Series: Compact, Lightweight LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 (S-S24)

Panasonic has announced a new large-aperture wide-angle fixed focal length LUMIX S Series lens, the 24mm F1.8 (S-S24). Following the 50mm and 85mm models, it is the third addition to the planned series of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses based on the L-Mount system.

The LUMIX F1.8 lens series has a common positioning of controls for ease of use and a common barrel diameter that provides the convenience of using the same filters. Using lenses of a similar size, diameter, and centre of gravity also makes it easier to switch between them when an S Series camera is mounted on a gimbal, for example. A 35mm F1.8 large-aperture lens is also under development to further enhance the LUMIX S Series lens lineup.

The LUMIX S-S24 has a rugged dust/splash-resistant[i] design to withstand use under harsh environmental conditions down to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius. At a compact 310g, it’s an ideal partner for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the LUMIX S5. The versatile wide angle of view is suitable for situations from landscapes to travel photography.

The LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 is comprised of twelve lens elements in eleven groups including three aspherical lenses, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and one UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lens. The use of three aspherical lenses achieves beautiful bokeh, a common advantage across the series, while the ED lenses and the UED lens suppress chromatic aberration. The filter diameter is 67 mm, with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The lens also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing.

The S-S24 is compatible with the LUMIX sensor drive at 240 fps to take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. For the non-linear setting, focus is shifted with a variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring; while for linear setting, focus is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees by 30 degree increments.

The lens will be available in September 2021 from leading photographic specialists. The Panasonic and L-Mount system alliance is committed to the development of L-Mount lenses for the further expansion of its lineup, fulfilling the needs of customers.

LUMIX S 24mm F1.8 (S-S24) lens: RRP $1,399.

For further information, please visit or call 132 600.

[i]Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water. To avoid damage when using the camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with associated instructions in the manual.